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On 17 September 2015, the Scottish Parliament passed the British Sign Language (BSL) Bill. The public gallery was packed with Deaf BSL users, many of whom had been banned from signing as children and forced to lip read. It had been a long, hard battle and it was difficult for many to hold back the tears and keep their emotions at bay.

How neural frameworks that usually develop in young children in an ordinary family environment fail to develop properly in the absence of stimulation.

Children and young people normally find it intensely embarrassing when adults in positions of authority try to talk sensibly about sex.

In the first half of the 20th Century, polio became feared across the world.

All children should learn parenting skills at school

By John Freeman |

19 January 2016

A few weeks ago, I had the sad duty of sitting on a permanent exclusion appeal hearing for a secondary school. Gary is just 12 years old, and his behaviour is uncontainable by the school.

No quick fixes in turning around children's services

By Derren Hayes |

05 January 2016

Management standards, specifically how to deal with inadequate leadership, were very much in the news at the end of December.

Impact of living in care needs careful attention

By Derren Hayes |

08 December 2015

Every year, two events are guaranteed to re-energise my diminishing bank of optimism - the judging for the CYP Now Awards, and the awards ceremony itself.

Governments, like all large bureaucracies, have an innate tendency to act slowly. Sometimes they adopt a softly, softly approach. Other times they realise suddenly that a crisis is waiting in the wings, and over-react.